Skip to comments.Brazilian carnival-goers to get access to morning-after pills
Posted on 01/30/2008 9:45:01 AM PST by ECM
The Brazilian city of Recife is to distribute morning-after pills to women during carnival after public prosecutors on Tuesday rejected a Catholic Church lawsuit claiming the initiative promoted sex and provided "abortions."
"The pill has no abortive effect, as the archdiocese claims, and its distribution is in no way an incentive to have sex," the prosecutor who made the decision, Ivana Botelho, told AFP.
On top of its legal defeat, the church has come under fire from the Brazilian government for attempting to sway public health policy.
"The (Recife) mayor's office is right and the church is wrong, again," Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao said Sunday, as the issue was coming to a head.
"The morning-after pill is used with medical guidance and is a matter of public health, not religion," he said, adding that he believed the church was alienating youths with its stance.
The archiocese for Recife, one of the Brazilian cities most famous for its wild carnival celebrations alongside Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, on Monday lodged its suit with the public prosecutor's office.
It was seeking to block the distribution of the contraceptive during this year's pre-Lenten carnival, which begins on Friday and runs to Tuesday of next week.
The verdict allows Recife officials to go ahead and hand out the pills from stationary and mobile health posts which will also provide medical consultations.
The municipality says its aim is to "guarantee the sexual and reproductive rights of women who have been victims of sexual violence or who have had a failure of contraceptive methods."
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and they’re gonna need them/sarc
I’m not sure if there is a way to describe, using my keyboard, the blank, blinking-eyed stare I have at this monitor right now.
I can’t believe my eyes. I ... I am shocked that this could happen in a civilization where we have names, and don’t live in caves. Even that, I’m willing to bet there is more logic in prehistoric cave dwellers.
Sadly, this is all a publicity stunt to get tourists to go to Brazil.
Watch for the spike in HIV infections ...
“....The municipality says its aim is to “guarantee the sexual and reproductive rights of women who have been victims of sexual violence...”
If you’ve been raped at Carnival, as opposed to the other mainstay “murder”, you have bigger problems than an unwanted pregnancy and destroying the DNA data will only see to it that the rapist is free to rape again.
Carnaval '97 was a good year. I'm very proud of my son...
Wow, it’s almost like the Bible is true and man-kind is sinful or something!
Technically I think it’s agreed that it prevents a viable embryo from attaching to the uterine wall. That sounds like an abort to me.
A party’s not a party unless you wake up with VD and pregnant.